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You DO have time to coach... you just have to take it

Posted by Sarah Wirth

July 14, 2015

In talking with hundreds of sales managers, there are many reasons why they don’t spend more time coaching their sales teams. Sometimes they don’t know how to coach effectively. Sometimes they don’t know which coaching activities to do. Sometimes they don’t enjoy coaching as much as they enjoy other aspects of their work. Yes, there are certainly lots of reason for not coaching more. However, there seems to be one reason that I hear most often… “I don’t have enough time to do all this coaching.”

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Topics: sales coaching, time management, Sales leader time management, priorities

Sales Leader Time Management: What Are Your Obstacles?

Posted by Sarah Wirth

July 10, 2014

If there’s one thing that we hear from sales managers on a regular basis, it’s how busy they are.  And when you look at everything on their plate, there’s no doubt that statement is true.  From sales trips with reps to company meetings to responding to customers to putting together sales plans to monitoring their pipeline, sales managers are pulled in many directions from numerous groups of people who need their time and help.

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Topics: Sales manager training, coaching sales reps, sales leadership conference, time management

Do more and meet less

Posted by Sarah Wirth

October 10, 2013

“Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.”  This adage was first
written by Cyril Northcote Parkinson in a 1955 essay, so it has come to be known as Parkinson’s Law.  It’s a relatively simple concept – that work will take as long as you allow it to take
– but one that is profound when you consider how true it is.  And I don’t think that there is any activity where Parkinson’s Law is more evident than business meetings. 

We all know the grind of having a calendar full of meetings.  There are so many important things on our to do lists – coaching our reps, responding to customer needs, putting together plans to grow our sales, etc. – that the last thing many of us want to do is sit through yet another hour long meeting.  Typically, that’s not because the information shared or things  discussed in business meeting are unimportant.  On the contrary, the content shared is typically very relevant to us and our work.  No, what frustrates us and makes us dread the meeting is that we also know that much of the time will be wasted on unnecessary discussions, debates and redundant information. Meetings per se are not bad, but how they are conducted often is.

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Topics: Best Practice, New Leaders, Planning, sales leadership, Motivating Sales Team, Performance Review, Motivation, Teamwork, one on one meetings, Adaptive Leadership, Success, sales rep peformance, Leadership & Management, collaboration, professional development, assessment tools, top performing sales organizations, time management

Sales Leadership: Don’t Confuse Busy with Productive

Posted by Sarah Wirth

June 28, 2012

   Sarah Wirth, VP Member Service, EcSELL Institute

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Topics: sales leadership, Leadership & Management, coaching, professional development, time management

3 Most Important Words for Sales Success

Posted by Jaime Davis-Thomas

August 24, 2010

3 Most Important Words for Sales Success

Guest Author, Paul McCord

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Topics: sales producer, sales planning, Planning, sales results, Sales Management, Wisdom, sales performance, time management

Research Focus: Professional Development in Sales

Posted by Jaime Davis-Thomas

July 8, 2010

By J Davis-Thomas, Research & Publications  

Each month, the EcSELL Institute Research & Publications Team focuses on one of the 6 Pillars of Sales Managment. This time, we're focusing on Professional Development in Sales.

At EcSELL Institute, we know professional development in sales -- management's ability to meet the individual reps' needs related to their own careers -- is one of the drivers of sales productivity. In fact, according to our survey of Sales Managers, 91% of sales managers polled believed that Professional Development strongly impacted the productivity of a sales team. 

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Topics: sales training, Career Development, sales management research, Research, sales coaching, Pillars, professional development, assessment tools, 6 Pillars of Sales Productivity, time management, sales methodology & sales skills development

10 Golden Rules of Sales Force Productivity

Posted by Jaime Davis-Thomas

June 22, 2010

Ellen Bristol, Bristol Strategy GroupGuest Article by Ellen Bristol, Bristol Strategy Group

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Topics: EcSELL Institute Partner, Planning, Customer Service, sales analytics & performance tracking, sales rep peformance, Pillars, Sales Management, sales performance, 6 Pillars of Sales Productivity, time management, sales methodology & sales skills development

5 Sales Coaching Sessions That Help Sales Reps Grow

Posted by Kristi Shoemaker

May 24, 2010

Posted by: Kristi Shoemaker, Marketing, EcSELL Institute 

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Topics: Best Practice, Sales manager training, sales management webinar, sales rep peformance, sales performance, time management

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